hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Definition of hungry

1a : feeling an uneasy or painful sensation from lack of food : feeling hunger
b : characterized by or characteristic of hunger or appetite a wolf with hungry eyes
2a : eager, avid hungry for affection
b : strongly motivated (as by ambition) hungry investors a power-hungry politician
3 : not rich or fertile : barren a hungry soil

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Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ ˈhəŋ-​grə-​lē How to pronounce hungrily (audio) \ adverb
hungriness \ ˈhəŋ-​grē-​nəs How to pronounce hungriness (audio) \ noun

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Examples of hungry in a Sentence

There are millions of hungry people throughout the world. That girl is always hungry. The prisoners' families were hungry for more information. They were hungry to learn more.
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Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this month, dozens of polar bears descended on a village in Russia's remote Chukotka region; melting ice had disrupted the animals’ hunting patterns, CNN’s Radina Gigova reported at the time, and the hungry bears were looking for food. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Moscow Brought in Fake Snow for New Year’s Eve Festivities to Counter an Unseasonably Warm December," 1 Jan. 2020 As fate would have it, an unexpected Christmas blizzard arrives just in time to foil his plans—not to mention leave her family stranded and hungry. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Is Dolly Parton's 'Christmas of Many Colors' Based on a True Story?," 27 Dec. 2019 Those coaches are hungry and ready to go and excited for what's about to happen after this bowl game. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Can Zak Miller bring stability to ASU football at offensive coordinator?," 19 Dec. 2019 Sure, his look can be viewed as money-hungry, soulless, and empty. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How Uncut Gems Finds the Beauty in Schmuck Style," 10 Dec. 2019 International calls for the police to stay their hand may have contributed to a decision to wait for the protesters to emerge—as many have, cold, tired, hungry and frightened. The Economist, "Hong Kong stares into the abyss amid growing violence," 21 Nov. 2019 The Ravens are young, hungry and have brought into the team concept. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Ravens have become a complete team, and the rest of the NFL might not be able to keep up," 17 Nov. 2019 People who are hungry and get the work done quickly and efficiently are in top demand. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "I'm Struggling With Work-Life Balance and It's Hurting My Relationships. What Can I Do?," 5 Nov. 2019 The young girl, Deesha, was hungry and barely spoke English, Hammerling said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arrests made in the fatal shooting of a Waukesha native in Yap," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hungry

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hungry

Middle English, from Old English hungrig; akin to Old English hungor

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The first known use of hungry was before the 12th century

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10 Jan 2020

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“Hungry.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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How to pronounce hungry (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hungry

: suffering because of a lack of food : greatly affected by hunger
: having an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach because you need food : feeling hunger
: feeling a strong desire or need for something or to do something


hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Kids Definition of hungry

1 : feeling or showing hunger
2 : having a strong desire She was hungry for power.

Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ -​grə-​lē \ adverb

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